Wow! Week 9! So, how is the weight-loss going with you? More importantly, how are the lifestyle changes going? Have you reached a point where you feel like the changes you're making could be changes that you could live with for the rest of your life? I'm happy to report that I do feel that way. I'm sure I'll have more changes to make as I go along and I'll have times when I feel that I've succeeded and others when I feel like I've failed.
This past week, however, I've given a lot of consideration to balance. I may have ups and I may have downs, but as long as I remain balanced in my choices -- with eating, with working out -- I will reach my goals and I will have created new habit for myself that can last a lifetime.
I've got a couple more challenges for us this week, designed to keep us moving in the direction of positive, lifetime changes. Are you ready?
1. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night this week. Isn't this one hard sometimes? It is often the case that the only time we moms (especially those of us who homeschool) can really enjoy some relative peace and quiet is after everyone else is asleep. However, when we're not getting enough sleep, our bodies are not functioning at their best...and, it's much easier to decide to catch up on sleep the next morning, rather than getting up to workout. So, this week, shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep each night and see how much better you feel. You owe it to yourself!
2. Eat at least one serving of fruits and/or veggies with each meal every day this week. It can be easy to skip those fruits and veggies. Sometimes it's just quicker and more convenient to each something else. Most fruits and veggies, though, are great fillers to fill you up on really small amounts of calories, not to mention the fact that they provide vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function properly.
I've gotten to the point where I have a fresh salad with lunch almost every day. On pizza day (Tuesday), this allows me to still enjoy a higher-fat favorite without allowing myself to fill up on the pizza. I used to eat four slices of pizza, but now I just eat two...and a big, tasty, veggie-filled salad.
What are some of your favorite veggies? What's your favorite thing to put on a salad? I'm extremely fond of pepperoncini and kalamata olives. Yum!